Comprehensive Immigration Reform is still something that we are fighting for to protect all immigrants. We are all immigrants www.aansf.org
My Story. My name is Clementine Ntshaykolo. I was born in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). I moved to the United States in April of 1996 and in September of that same year, the rebel/opposition group led by Laurent Kabila, who eventually became President, marched in the capital and overthrew the authoritarian regime of President Mobutu. I count myself among the lucky few who not only escaped a war that continues to plague the DRC, but also lucky because when I came through family reunification I received my Green Card that same year.
Many immigrants are not as lucky. As an immigration service provider at the African Advocacy Network (AAN), an organization founded primarily by African immigrants to serve the growing number of African and Afro-Caribbean immigrants and refugees, I see the struggles that immigrants face every day. But I also see hard working immigrants who make tremendous contributions to the US economy.
One such hard working immigrant, is one of AAN’s client who fled Ethiopia 7 years ago. When she first moved to the US, she didn’t know anyone. She went from being homeless to starting her own catering business. 3 years ago she was reunited with her daughter. Last year her daughter graduated with a 4.0 GPA and received a four year college scholarship.
On this Immigrant Heritage Month (IHM), let us celebrate all of diversities and freedom to move across borders and oceans!